The ice cream and coffee kiosk at the National Trust Tea Room, at Flatford, has been set alight and destroyed.
The incident took place between 5.30pm, on Thursday, June 23, and 2.48am the following day, and police are now appealing for witnesses into the incident of theft and arson as they carry out an investigation.
Crates of ice cream had also been stolen and were found around three-quarters of a mile along the river path, heading towards Dedham.
A National Trust spokesperson said: “We are saddened to learn that Flatford’s ice-cream kiosk has been destroyed as the result of a suspected arson attack. Flatford is at the heart of the Dedham Vale and the kiosk has been serving ice-creams for many years to thousands of visitors who enjoy this beautiful and historic landscape.
“We would like to thank the emergency services for their quick response and are working with them as a full investigation is carried out. The site is open as normal and visitors can still pick up a summer treat from the tea-room.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident, knows who was responsible, or has any information, is asked to contact Suffolk police quoting crime ref 37/40153/22, via:
Phone – Call 101.
Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org